Penn State Hershey Medical Center: February 19, 2015
Welcome to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Live Chat Event! Have a question about inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis? Ask them here, and on February 19 at 1 p.m. experts from Penn State Hershey IBD Center will answer your questions, live!
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I was diagnosed with GERD recently, and then my doctor checked to see if I had an H. Pylori infection that was causing most of my symptoms. Sure enough, I was positive for the bacteria. I was on an aggressive treatment of antibiotics and omeprazole to treat the infection. After eradication, I am feeling worse. I never had any stomach issues, it was just my horrible acid reflux. Now I'm having digestive problems and abnormal stools. Could this H. Pylori infection lead into something bigger like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis?
Last summer I had weeks of non stop diarrhea with sharp pains in my upper abdomen. I had H. Pylori testing done which came out negative and an upper gi done which was unremarkable. They never found an answer. I am assuming it was IBS? I was going through a lot of stress at the time?
Having had crohns for 50 years and been treated with azulfidene, steroids, Pentasa, 5 sm bowel resections , Remicade for the last 18 months, can you comment on benefits to changing to entivio which is being recommended
I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago. It has pretty much controlled my life since. If going out somewhere I will not allow myself to ride with anyone just in case it hits me. I worry when we go somewhere as to where the closest bathroom is. It just consumes me. Is there any medicine that can help with IBS. I know a lot of the problem is I worry about when it's going to hit, but I know when it does hit it is not something you can control. I would just like to feel normal.
What are your opinions regarding the fecal calprotectin test that measures inflammation a persons stool. Some physicians say this is becoming a gold standard way of testing inflammation in the intestinal tract.
I've had diagnosed crowns for 50 years and have experienced various treatments... azulfidene, Pentasa, steroids, 4 small bowels resections. For the past 18 months I have received Remicade and recently had a partial small bowel blockage. My doctor is ,recommending entivio. Could you explain this newer line of treatment and its effect?
There seems to be some new thinking about how to maintain proper gut health and "leaky gut" relationship to autoimmune disease, diabetes, thyroid and the like. It would follow that imflammatory bowel disease and colitis may fit under this line of thinking? What is your view on this and what is the best way to maintain gut health?
It seems every time I eat eggs I get a reaction of pain in the abdomen and uncontrolled diarrhea. Never had an allergy to eggs. I am diabetic and love eggs as a protein selection. Take probotics but wandering if I should see a specialist. Sometimes it happens without eating eggs
I am currently on Remicade for Crohns disease but my symptoms are coming back. I have heard about a diagnostic test called Anser that identifies if I have developed anitibodies to the Remicade. What is your experience with this test?
I was diagnosed with IBD because the doctors didn't know what the problem was. A friend had the same issues and said it was due to his gluten intolerance and suggested I try eliminating gluten from my diet, and it worked. So is IBD just a catch-all term for unknown GI problems?
My 20 year old daughter has gurgle guts, diarrhea all the time, and extreme gas usually right after eating. This started right before she went to college. Is this IBS? She tested negative for celiac or chrohns. What can she do to manage her symptoms. She said it's becoming hard to concentrate in class because of her symptoms. What can she do?
In college and suffering from gurgle guts, diarrhea and gas, hard to concentrate and always worry when it happens to get to restroom. Sometimes pain in belly is bad and constant but worse after eating. Had blood work and Dr said I have ibs. Any help.?
I have Crohn's disease, and a year ago I had an ileostomy done by Dr. Koltun. I play soccer, and even with the ileostomy, i bet I'm better than any of the girls on the Houghton Women's soccer team!! ;)
My husband has an abdominal hernia. PCP and gastroenterologist have not done any testing, but advise that no test or surgery is required. It seems no matter what he eats he has stomach gurgles and bowel movements within 20 minutes after eating. He is bloated 80% of the time. With the bloating he experiences abdominal pain and external hardness of the abdomen. His pant size alternates between 36 and 38 week to week or day to day. I think there is an underlying illness other than the hernia. What specialist would you recommend he see?
If a colonoscopy repeatedly shows no sign of inflammation, then is the Crohn's "successfully" treated and in "remission" or does there still remain the need to be "medicated" despite the lack of inflammation? Thank you for your time!
Three years ago I was diagnosed with hyper eosinophilic colitis syndrome. It is being controlled by diet, prednisone, and pantoprazole. My doctors want me to lower the predisone, but when I go below15 mg per day the symptoms return. I cannot eat anything uncooked without pain and D. the next day, and high fiber gives me pain. I would appreciate your thoughts on control of this condition.
I have been on prednisone 30mg at present since Januarary nd tapering also on Humira injection once a week have been in a flare since beginning of january still having watery stools about 5 to 6 a night anything i can do to help. have lost some weight nothing seems to stop watery stools because
Having Crohn's, I've found I feel a lot better on carbohydrate-limited diets.
I had limited success with Atkins, a low carb approach, in that it was hard to stick with (lack of food choices).
Specific Carbohydrate Diet worked pretty well, but I don't feel GREAT, and it's quite restrictive (no bread, potatoes, rice...)
I recently was searching the Internet for ways to improve my gut motility, and came across the Fast Tract Diet by Dr. Norman Robillard. He relates SIBO to several digestive disorders, including Crohn's, IBS, GERD...
Have you heard of the Fast Tract Diet? If so, what are your thoughts? And do you think SIBO may have a bigger role in digestive issues than currently given credit for?
Does the use of Remicade long-term pose any serious problems? Other than medications and Remicade, are there any "natural" remedies known of for Crohn's disease at this point, which have seen successful results?